Inpatient Treatment Program

Our inpatient eating disorder program is our most intensive level of care and includes both acute stabilization and intensive therapeutic interventions.

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Our Most Intensive Level of Care

Located in the San Gabriel Valley in Greater Los Angeles in Southern California, our inpatient eating disorder treatment program at BHC Alhambra Hospital is available for those struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, ARFID, or OSFED. This program includes both acute stabilization and intensive therapeutic interventions for adult women and men suffering from an eating disorder and co-occurring issues such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma or other psychiatric issues.

We offer a safe treatment environment for those struggling with suicidal thoughts and intention along with eating disorder symptoms.

Patients in this program are housed on a dedicated, comfortable unit in our hospital and receive structured and compassionate treatment from a multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment team. Our program has a focus on addressing the individual’s medical, emotional, spiritual, psychological and nutritional needs. For patients requiring 24-hour eating disorder care and supervision, we offer 24-hour nursing care and daily visits with a psychiatrist in addition to individual, group, and family therapy and nutrition counseling.

Our eating disorder center is focused on high quality treatment supported by the current evidence, as well as integration of clinical wisdom and experiential healing therapies. While in our program you will be surrounded by people who are compassionate and care deeply about your journey to recovery. Our staff is focused on your well-being and firmly believes each individual is capable of achieving full recovery.

Our clinical team works with each patient and family to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of the individual and to best promote emotional, behavioral and physiological re-regulation and stabilization to begin the process of healing. Our medical and nursing staff monitor vital signs, laboratory test results, effects of malnourishment, and eating disorder behaviors. Our team is dedicated to helping all of our patients by providing a comprehensive treatment plan to both address physical and emotional health, behaviors, and underlying contributing issues.

In addition, we offer a dedicated eating disorder case manager who will work with insurance and provide a well-coordinated discharge plan to support recovery. Often times, patients can step down to our residential program after inpatient care. If you were referred by another residential program, we will coordinate with them for you to return after completion of the Reasons Inpatient Program.

Our inpatient eating disorder program is a treatment center that people may come to after medical stabilization or when residential care is not quite enough monitoring for medical or psychiatric symptoms. For those individuals struggling with co-occurring psychiatric issues, inpatient can be a containing environment to receive intensive levels of psychiatric care and stabilization in order to begin the deeper work often required on the recovery journey.

We hold hope that full recovery is possible.

We are here for you

The inpatient eating disorder treatment program offers 24/7 support and monitoring. Our program is developed and overseen by a team of individuals who are specialists in the care and treatment of individuals with eating disorders. Our staff understands that the work of recovery is a difficult process and are focused on providing a balance of support and challenges.The treatment team consists of a caring group of professionals who will collaborate with each patient and their family members or loved ones. Your treatment will be provided by the following multi-disciplinary team members:

  • Medical Doctors
  • Registered Nurses 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • Master’s level therapists
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Mental Health Support Staff
  • Somatic and Experiential Therapists

Your well-being is our priority

We understand that there is shame, secrecy, and isolation involved in the development and maintenance of an eating disorder. The relationships that are developed with the staff can begin to change and shift the experience of aloneness. There are many opportunities for this to happen right from the beginning of the assessment process when you arrive at the program. We emphasize the importance of the development of a therapeutic relationship, collaboration on the treatment plan and help each patient learn how to accept support and participate in challenges toward growth and recovery.

Inpatient Leadership Team

Director of Clinical and Nutrition Services

Lisa Arroyas, RD

Director of Operations

Corinne Elliott, RN

Program Manager

Anna Governale, LMFT

Registered Nurse

Luis Gudino, RN

National Director, Program Development

Nikki Rollo, Phd, LMFT

National Director, Program Development

Norman Kim, PhD

Case Manager

Christina Martinez, PhD

Seeking treatment for an eating disorder takes a tremendous amount of courage. We understand that this is a challenging process both for you and your loved ones. Perhaps you have been struggling for many years and are wondering if recovery is possible for you. Perhaps this is a new struggle and you are not sure what to expect from treatment.

It is normal to feel fear, confusion, and ambivalence about treatment. We understand these feelings and have hope for your recovery no matter how long you have been struggling. We have developed a program that offers treatment for the eating disorder symptoms as well as the underlying psychological factors. If you have co-occurring mood, anxiety, substance abuse or trauma, we encourage you to contact us and find out more about what we can offer you at this time in your life.

We offer a program based in an understanding of eating disorders as disorders of fear, shame, and disconnection. It is our hope that what you discover your inner courage, self-compassion, and a deeper connection with yourself and others.

Your Treatment Plan

  • Individual Therapy, 3x/week
  • Family Therapy, 1x/week and Family Education Day 1x/month
  • Nutrition Therapy, 2x/week
  • Psychiatric Consultation Daily
  • 24/7 Nursing Support and Monitoring
  • Group Therapy, up to 6 hours per day including
    groups such as:

    • Group Process
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    • Psychoeducation
    • Relapse Prevention and Coping Skills
    • Trauma Resiliency
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
    • Ambivalence and Identity
    • Self-Compassion and Shame Resilience

  • Daily Nutrition Education and Meal Support, including
    weekly meal challenge outings with consistent progress and doctor approval
  • Daily Deep Breathing and Mindfulness Practice
  • Somatic and Creative Arts Therapies

Yoga Therapy

Dance/Movement Therapy

Drama Therapy

Music Therapy

Creative Writing

Art Therapy

  • Meaningful Life-Enhancing Outings
  • Thoughtful Discharge & Aftercare Planning

A Sample Day at Reasons

6:30 am

Hygiene/Vitals

7:30 am

Breakfast

9:00

Deep Breathing and Process Group

10:15

Snack

10:30

Yoga or Dance Movement Therapy

11:45

Lunch

1:00

DBT Skills

2:30

Snack

3:00

Shame Resilience and Self Compassion

4:00

Beyond Body Image

5:00

Dinner

6:00

Process Wrap Up Group

7:00

Visiting

8:30

Snack

9:00

Leisure/Nighttime Routine

10:00

In Rooms/Lights Out